How to Make the Most of Your Time in Bangkok

Bangkok is a popular destination and often the first port of call for anyone who’s visiting Thailand for the first time.

The capital city never stops, with busy streets, constant traffic and famous nightlife all combining to create that unique Bangkok atmosphere.

It’s natural to want to see and do as much as you possibly can when you visit, especially once you get caught up in all the hustle and bustle, but it can be tricky to know where to start. To help you out, here are four things you can do to make the most of your time in Bangkok.

  (Photo by Jordan Le on Unsplash)

Get to know the city’s history

You can read about history and you can view photographs of notable buildings, but nothing compares to seeing an important site in person.

Luckily, Bangkok has a fascinating past and there’s plenty to explore, including the enormous dazzling Grand Palace, nearby Wat Po, with its giant reclining gold Buddha, and Jim Thompson House, the home of an American who moved to Thailand and disappeared without a trace in 1967.

These are popular destinations, so set off early in the morning to make the most of your time there before the large crowds descend.

Browse the markets

There’s a huge variety of markets in Bangkok. They can provide hours of entertainment, with stalls selling everything from antiques and homemade crafts to clothing and flowers, and are the ideal place for picking up any souvenirs or presents for people back home.

Make sure you haggle to get a bargain — aim for a 25–30% discount.

(Photo by Harvey Enrile on Unsplash)

Sample the street food

Some of the most delicious food you’ll find in Bangkok is sold from stalls on the street. The pad Thai is the best you’ll find and even made it onto 1Cover’s list of foods worth travelling for.

The entire experience is one to be savoured — order your dish, watch it being prepared, then sit at one of the tables on the pavement, and watch the people pass by as you enjoy your meal.

Can’t decide what to have? A street food tour is perfect because it gives you the opportunity to try lots of different dishes, including those you might not have picked out if you were by yourself. You’ll also get the perspective of a local and gain a better understanding of the city’s culture.

Escape to a park

Green space is always appreciated all the more when you’re in a big, bustling city, and luckily Bangkok has some beautiful parks for you to enjoy after a busy day of sightseeing.

There’s something for everyone, whether you want to take a ride on a bike or paddle boat, use sports facilities like tennis courts and swimming pools, or simply sit back on the grass and relax.

Wherever you decide to head to in Bangkok, you’re sure to enjoy the history, culture and food, and return home with lifelong memories.

 

 

FunNow: Taiwan’s Underrated Travel App

Sometimes you just start a plan then it just rolls like a snowball and gets a little too big. Anyone who can relate to that? Hahahaha! Well that is what happened on my last trip to Taipei.  I invited a couple of friends to go visit my favorite city out of the Philippines, then another friend new about it and told another friend who then told another friend! Us three became twelve people by the time of our trip! It was overwhelming.

I usually take the bus from Taoyuan International Airport to Taipei Main station and just walk from there to Ximen where I usually stay. Easy right? Yeah if you are small group…. laggingf twelve people with you in an ungodly hour may not be a good experience for your friends. So I thought that I had to get small van to transport us from the airport to the hotel. I looked at the usual sites like KKDay and Klook but they seem to be too expensive as per my backpacker instincts. I always plan ahead of time but the stinginess in me just kicked in and I just cant bear to pay that much.

I dug deeper into the depths of Google and checked on more options. I then stumbled upon a saving grace, MyFunNow.com. The site also has an App that makes the booking experience a lot better! Being a budget traveler I always make sure that I compare my options to get the one that offers the best value!

My Options

I also checked on other popular travel sites but they seem to add so much fees after their published rates that makes it pricey. They also  ask to book at least a week ahead while FunNow only needs at least 8 Hours to fix your van transfer and sometimes even upon arrival! Long story short, I decided to go with FunNow and booked two vans to shuttle all 12 of us from the Airport to our Hostel.

How To Book 

  1. Download the FunNow App on from the Google Play Store or IOS Store
  2. Search for your desired service (Ex. Transfer Service)
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  3. Click on Pick Time and choose your desired pickup time.
  4. Click on Book and choose additional services (Optional)
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  5. Add your flight details and your hotel’s address.
  6. Proceed to the payment page and key in your payment details to finalize your booking
  7. Confirmation will show up on your bookings page in the app while you will also receive a confirmation email containing your driver’s contact information.
  8. You will then be fetched at the arrival area of the terminal that you specified.
  9. They will wait for you for 60 minutes for free from the time that you specify.
  10. If you need assistance they also have 12 hour customer support from 9:00-13:00 via Line @myfunnow application.
    Whats app :+852 96882148 (9:00- 23:00).

The vans that we used smelled good and had GPS so we knew that we were going to the right place. The drivers also were attentive to their driving and drove on a speed that felt safe but not slow. What I love most about the drivers is that they are the jolliest of all people even if it was 3 in the morning! Having so much fun with people from traveling in such a short time is a great way to start an awesome trip. Because of that I think people should know more about FunNow. Not only your save money from activities and services, but you also get the best experience out of it.  So next time I visit Taiwan or cities like Hong Kong I will surely check out FunNow’s offerings to save money !

Travel Vloggers You Should Follow 2017

YouTube has taken some sort of place in our instincts that when we try to search or learn something new we turn to YouTube almost instantaneously. I for one usually try to find inspiration in YouTube when I want to travel. It’s a very good place to check out what to do, what to expect and find out the how to’s of what you need to know when traveling. Let’s just say…. it’s the video counter part of Google. They’re owned by the same company anyway. So Here’ye! here’ye!

Sam and Audrey

Sam and Audrey are probably one of the few bloggers that I’ve followed through from their blogs and now with their vlogs in YouTube. The channel shows the married couple’s journey throughout the world. They use to teach English in South Korea before calling it quits and travel more of the globe!

Christian Le Blanc

Hailing from Canada, Christian left Canada to become an exchange student in Thailand where Laura, his girlfriend joined him March that same year. After graduating a few months later the Christian decided to travel Asia and started documenting his journey in YouTube. When his channel started picking up, Christian decided to quit his job and focus on his travel vlogs.

Aly (PsychoTraveller)

My go to vlog when I get bored. Aly just rambles a lot throughout her vlogs and I loooove it! Hahahaha. The thing that I like about Aly’s vlog is that she doesn’t just go from one place to another and just film then move one. Aly does it better, she lives in those countries for as long as she can! I love how she tries to immerse through the culture and learn more about the people. Oh, and yes she is totally funny!!!! Hahahaha!

 

Brendan Van son

My favorite travel vlogger of all! Brendan “Max” Van Son. I discovered this guy when one of his vlogs came up as one of the suggestions on YouTube. He was traveling the Philippines back then with the money he won from Las Vegas and has challenged him self to sustain his trip with only that money.

Why I like this guy much? Well more than a travel vlogger, Bredan primarily is a travel photographer. Basically living the life I want to live. Hahahaha! I actually didn’t knew that it is possible that somebody actually lives the life the I see my self living. I specially like his episode where he teaches people how to make it possible and how his finances as a travel photographer is doing via Mr. Jigglefoot – the income octopus.

So there you go. These are my Top Travel Vloggers You Should Follow this year. These are my personal favorites, so if your favorite travel vlogger isn’t on the list, tell us on the comment section so we can check them out. Who knows maybe I’d like them too!

Manila Flights Cancelled and Adjusted

Due to an upcoming radar maintenance in Tagaytay city.Advisories from airlines with flights going to and from Manila are slowly coming in. Although not all flights are cancelled some are have been readjusted as work around.

Here are the announcements per Airline Company

Air Asia

 

Philippine Airlines 

  

Cebu Pacific Air

CEB Advisory – Cancelled Flights due to Tagaytay Radar Maintenance as of February 20, 2017; 11:30AM (Philippine time; GMT +8)

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) released a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) enforcing a temporary shutdown of the air traffic radar in Tagaytay for its maintenance and upgrade. The temporary closure, scheduled from March 6, 6AM to March 11, 6AM, will result in a reduction of flights in conjunction with other carriers.

In line with this, the following Cebu Pacific and Cebgo flights have been cancelled on these dates:

March 6, 2017 (Monday)

Cebu Pacific Flights
5J 487/488 Manila – Bacolod – Manila
5J 397/398 Manila – Cagayan de Oro – Manila
5J 885/886 Manila – Cotabato – Manila
5J 953/954 Manila – Davao – Manila
5J 997/998 Manila – Gensan – Manila
5J 457/458 Manila – Iloilo – Manila
5J 339/340 Manila – Kalibo – Manila
5J 325/326 Manila – Legazpi – Manila
5J 639/640 Manila – Puerto Princesa – Manila
5J 855/856 Manila – Zamboanga – Manila
5J 857/858 Manila – Zamboanga – Manila

Cebgo Flights
DG 6245/6246 Manila – Caticlan – Manila
DG 6026/6027 Manila – Cauayan – Manila
DG 6317/6318 Manila – Kalibo – Manila
DG 6323/6324 Manila – Kalibo – Manila
DG 6193/6194 Manila – Legazpi – Manila
DG 6195/6196 Manila – Legazpi – Manila
DG 6117/6118 Manila – Naga – Manila

March 7, 2017 (Tuesday)

Cebu Pacific Flights
5J 483/484 Manila – Bacolod – Manila
5J 487/488 Manila – Bacolod – Manila
5J 379/380 Manila – Cagayan de Oro – Manila
5J 397/398 Manila – Cagayan de Oro – Manila
5J 399/400 Manila – Cagayan de Oro – Manila
5J 567/568 Manila – Cebu – Manila
5J 572/571 Cebu – Manila – Cebu
5J 891/892 Manila – Caticlan – Manila
5J 339/340 Manila – Kalibo – Manila
5J 327/328 Manila – Legazpi – Manila
5J 639/640 Manila – Puerto Princesa – Manila
5J 617/618 Manila – Tagbilaran – Manila
5J 506/507 Manila – Tuguegarao – Manila

Cebgo Flights
DG 6245/6246 Manila – Caticlan – Manila
DG 6024/6025 Manila – Cauayan – Manila
DG 6026/6027 Manila – Cauayan – Manila
DG 6317/6318 Manila – Kalibo – Manila
DG 6323/6324 Manila – Kalibo – Manila
DG 6195/6196 Manila – Legazpi – Manila
DG 6113/6114 Manila – Naga – Manila
DG 6117/6118 Manila – Naga – Manila

March 8, 2017 (Wednesday)

Cebu Pacific Flights
5J 483/484 Manila – Bacolod – Manila
5J 485/486 Manila – Bacolod – Manila
5J 487/488 Manila – Bacolod – Manila
5J 555/578 Manila – Cebu – Manila
5J 565/566 Manila – Cebu – Manila
5J 977/978 Manila – Davao – Manila
5J 995/996 Manila – Gensan – Manila
5J 339/340 Manila – Kalibo – Manila
5J 639/640 Manila – Puerto Princesa – Manila
5J 649/650 Manila – Tacloban – Manila
5J 855/856 Manila – Zamboanga – Manila

Cebgo Flights
DG 6245/6246 Manila – Caticlan – Manila
DG 6024/6025 Manila – Cauayan – Manila
DG 6317/6318 Manila – Kalibo – Manila
DG 6323/6324 Manila – Kalibo – Manila
DG 6193/6194 Manila – Legazpi – Manila
DG 6195/6196 Manila – Legazpi – Manila
DG 6111/6112 Manila – Naga – Manila
DG 6113/6114 Manila – Naga – Manila

March 9, 2017 (Thursday)

Cebu Pacific Flights
5J 481/482 Manila – Bacolod – Manila
5J 483/484 Manila – Bacolod – Manila
5J 397/398 Manila – Cagayan de Oro – Manila
5J 565/566 Manila – Cebu – Manila
5J 647/648 Manila – Puerto Princesa – Manila
5J 649/650 Manila – Tacloban – Manila
5J 617/618 Manila – Tagbilaran – Manila
5J 506/507 Manila – Tuguegarao – Manila
5J 853/854 Manila – Zamboanga – Manila

Cebgo Flights
DG 6245/6246 Manila – Caticlan – Manila
DG 6026/6027 Manila – Cauayan – Manila
DG 6323/6324 Manila – Kalibo – Manila
DG 6193/6194 Manila – Legazpi – Manila
DG 6195/6196 Manila – Legazpi – Manila
DG 6113/6114 Manila – Naga – Manila
DG 6117/6118 Manila – Naga – Manila

March 10, 2017 (Friday)

Cebu Pacific Flights
5J 483/484 Manila – Bacolod – Manila
5J 487/488 Manila – Bacolod – Manila
5J 383/384 Manila – Cagayan de Oro – Manila
5J 391/392 Manila – Cagayan de Oro – Manila
5J 969/972 Manila – Davao – Manila
5J 977/978 Manila – Davao – Manila
5J 627/628 Manila – Dumaguete – Manila
5J 445/446 Manila – Iloilo – Manila
5J 457/458 Manila – Iloilo – Manila
5J 339/340 Manila – Kalibo – Manila
5J 635/636 Manila – Puerto Princesa – Manila
5J 639/640 Manila – Puerto Princesa – Manila
5J 649/650 Manila – Tacloban – Manila
5J 855/856 Manila – Zamboanga – Manila
5J 859/860 Manila – Zamboanga – Manila

Cebgo Flights
DG 6245/6246 Manila – Caticlan – Manila
DG 6024/6025 Manila – Cauayan – Manila
DG 6026/6027 Manila – Cauayan – Manila
DG 6317/6318 Manila – Kalibo – Manila
DG 6323/6324 Manila – Kalibo – Manila
DG 6195/6196 Manila – Legazpi – Manila
DG 6111/6112 Manila – Naga – Manila
DG 6117/6118 Manila – Naga – Manila

Meanwhile, passengers of the cancelled flights may avail any of the following options without penalties:

• Rebook their flights for travel within 30 days from original departure date; or
• Opt for full refund or travel fund.

For complete details, please check CEB’s official advisory http://bit.ly/2lB5dBe

 

Please note that changes may still occur so please do stay in touch with your airline carrier for updated details.

 

Tokyo Metro: Making Tokyo A Smaller Place; Easier

If you are traveling on a budget, the best way probably to navigate a city is through the train. However, the Tokyo Subway system has been known to be one confusing and difficult tangling rail lines. This might be Over the past couple of years, the Tokyo Metro has been working hard to improve their service for the benefit of tourists.

The Tokyo Metro team is here in Manila for the biggest travel event in the country, the 2017 Travel Tour Expo in SMX Convention Center to give us some exciting development about the Tokyo Metro subway system.

The Ticket

Getting from point A to point B through the Tokyo Subway, of course requires you a ticket. It can be a hassle though if you will have to buy, line up and figure out what ticket you should buy each time you enter the subway. Don’t get me wrong though, the Tokyo Metro has never been easier to

navigate as they put more English sign as part of their preparation for the Tokyo Olympics come 2020. However, lining up each time you enter the subway takes away your precious time that you could be using to getting to your destination.

Well, here’s some good news. The Tokyo Metro came up with a ticket specially designed for travelers. This ticket is exclusively made and available for tourist! These tickets will allow you to unlimited access to the Tokyo Metro from  24 up to 72 hours for a cost of a bowl of ramen!

Using these tickets will not only enable you to save time but also save money since you can use the subway over and over! So if you missed your stop, no worries!

Tokyo Metro Ticket

The Subway App and Connectivity.

Honestly, I think that the Tokyo Subway can be a bit  intimidating, with all of these transfers and lines that you have to remember. At this day and age of convenience, without even mentioning the ingenuity of the Japanese, one should not be daunted with the idea of taking the Tokyo Subway. See, aside from adding English signage around the network, the Tokyo Metro also came up with an app that you can take with you -yes it does work offline- that will help you navigate the entire Tokyo Metro subway network. All you have to do is enter what station you are coming from and the station that you want to go to and voila! The app gives you directions on how you can get there, including transfer stations!

Being connected while traveling is important. Most travelers just buy local sim cards as soon as they arrive in their destination and yes that does solve the problem. But if you are under in a subway, mobile signal can get a little iffy. Well that is not a problem with the Tokyo Metro, as most of their stations are equipped with free WiFi service. They are even working on putting WiFi on their trains! Awesome right?

Free WiFi Service Tokyo Metro

Welcome Boards

As part of their efforts to make the subways more tourist friendly, Tokyo Metro has put up welcome boards in English. These boards provide information about the stations that you are at, like what is there to do on near by spots and other useful information that will help you navigate the city. And yes it is in English

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Aside from these boards, you will also find Toursit Information Booths in most stations staffed with English speaking officers that are more than happy to help you get around. I really appreciate this move by the Tokyo Metro, remember those times that you already have found the answers to your inquiry through the web but just needs reassurance from a human being? Hahaha.. well that’s where I am coming from.

Tokyo has well over 100 stations all over the metropolis  the Tokyo Metro subway system will take you virtually anywhere in the city. So why don’t you go ahead and plan your trip around the Tokyo Metro subway system, save time and have lots of fun!

PisoFare: CebuPacific Travel From June 10 -December 10, 2017

After a loooooooooooooong while, Cebu Pacific Air is back with their piso fare!

Cebu Pacific or CebPac as it is more popularly know came to popularize pisofares which sparked the domestic travel surge in the country. However CebPac has yet to pull another pisofare promo since last year until today!

So what are you waiting for head on to www.cebupacificair.com to book your flight!

 

PISO SALE

Food: Inabraw Cook off In Isabela’s Bambantin Festival

Inabraw also known as Dinengdeng is a dish with Ilocano heritage and has been in the Isabeleños tables for generations. This year for the second time in a row, the Bambantin festival featured the dish through a cook off. Lead by the province’s first lady, seven contingents from different municipalities around the province cooked their way to the finals.

best inabraw in isabela

Inabraw is a fish dish with a medley of vegetables that are native to the northern part of the Luzon cooked in stew. The great thing about this competition is that participants are challenged to become creative with the form and presentation of the dish giving the food a new perspective and possibilities of maybe going global.

It was a tough time pressured competition but everyone was able to deliver. So without further delay here are the winners of the Inabraw cooking competition – the best Inabraw in Isabela.

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Inabraw Cooking Competition Winners

3rd Place – Cauayan City
2nd Place – Cabatuan
1st Place – San Mateo

Grand Winner Tumauini !

Inabraw Cook off winner

 

 

Friday Seat Sale!

Jetstar is running a seat sale right at this very moment!

Get the best price as early as now! here are some of the good finds we found!

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These are all in fares!

so head on to www.jetstar.com get your flights then book your accomodation here

 

I’M Hotel Redefining Luxury

I’M Hotel is the latest property in the bustling city of makati pioneering many firsts in area -the first 5 star hotel along Makati Avene and the first Onsen Spa in the Philippines that also is considered as the largest urban spa property in the country as it opens.

Located just 800 meters away from the central business district it is exceptionally close to malls and entertainment centers of choice.

As it launches its soft opening in November 2016,  I’M Hotel will be redefining the concept of luxury, by providing relevant and up to date features for the modern citizen. Every customer interaction is carefully tailored to customize their experience to be memorable every time.

The Largest Urban Spa in Manila with an Onsen Concept

Sprawling within an expansive 3800 sqm with over 6 storeys, I’M Onsen Spa is the largest state-of-the-art spa facility in the Philippines housing 69 beds while featuring a unique carbonated bath with technology imported from Japan.

  • relaxation lounges
  • Buffet restaurant featuring the most exquisite seasonal ingredients handpicked by renowned Chef King Fonacier.
  • Private and Communal rooms
  • Ensuited hot tubs.

Architecture, Room Design and Commissioned Art

Designed by renowned Singapore-based interior designer Suying Metropolitan Studio, the property is a picture of sophistication and elegance. Artwork has been supplied by the resident artist – Ms Bai Tian Yuan, a trained in Fine Arts and Interior Designer  is a recipient of the highly prestigious UOB Painting of the Year Award has exclusively created pices to suit the theme of the hotel.

Glass-Bottomed Infinity Pool

The 50m infinity pool is both suitable for laps and lounging, and is an iconic element of the property. The pool can be seen upon entering the lobby as one looks up because it is glass-bottomed, instantly creating a connection between guests who are swimming and guests who are just about to enter the complex. Lounging Beds are positioned at an elevated platform above the pool serving as a fantastic vantage point for sunbathing and people-watching.

Thoughtful and Modern Dining Options

I’M Hotel has an array of dining options to cater to every taste, utilizing fresh local produce and organic herbs grown on the poolside garden. Empress Jade features modern Chinese cuisine and a contemporary take on traditional dimsum. Bloom restaurant serves up international fare with dishes that will satisfy the most discerning of taste buds. On the 40th floor rooftop, Antidote bar features bespoke cocktails and tapas. The highlight of the bar is a luminescent jellyfish tank, where diners can enjoy the ambient glow of these elegant creatures in the backdrop of the stunning cityscape.

I’M Hotel Club Lounge

The club lounge is a privilege reserved for a select few. Guests who book direct on the website or book the suite rooms will be accorded immediate access to the Club Lounge. Fashioned as a gentleman’s library, the Club lounge is an enchanting and inspiring space to conduct meetings, or simply indulge in a round of complimentary tapas and beverages.

 

 Exclusively I’M Hotel Customized Amenities

  • Bathtub Menu: Guests who book premium rooms have access to a dedicated bathtub atelier who will prepare a bath with scents of your choice, accompanied with a variety of light bites and beverages.
  • Free Shuttle Service: I’M Hotel offers all staying guests a free shuttle service to important landmarks within the Makati city centre, making its exceptional location even more convenient.
  • Complimentary Refreshments: To make all stays at I’M Hotel unforgettable, all guests will be treated to a welcome drink, cookies, turndown chocolates, and complimentary mini bar at varying points of their stay.
  • Free Breakfast when Booking Direct: Guests who book direct on the website will get to enjoy a hearty buffet breakfast for 2 throughout their stay, immaculately prepared by Chef King Fonacier.
  • Designer Bathroom Amenities: I’M Hotel is proud to use CrabTree & Evelyn bath amenities in all rooms and suites

I’M Hotel is located at  Makati Avenue corner Kalayaan Avenue, Makati City
Mobile: (+63) 9980789877
Website: www.imhotel.com

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